Christ My Song - 1424
If I had wings, then would I go
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
If I had wings, then would I go.
"Having a desire to depart and to be with Christ."
1. If I had wings, then would I go
with speed to yonder realms of light;
I'd bid farewell to all below,
and take my everlasting flight.
2. I'd ask admittance there, as one
without pretension aught but this –
a sinner saved by grace alone,
that grace that for the vilest is.
3. I'd join in praise with those above,
who owe, like me, their place in heav'n
to royal mercy; much they love,
because that much has been forgiv'n.
4. I thought (vain hope!) that I might claim
a place in heav'n to merit due;
'twas then I gloried in my shame,
and deemed him wise who nothing knew.
5. The thought of grace, so precious now,
had then no charms, or none for me;
my haughty mind disdained to bow,
a debtor then I scorned to be.
6. But O! that grace, despised so long,
how rich it is! it came to me:
'tis now the subject of my song,
and while I live, I trust shall be.
7. Of grace abounding, here I'll sing,
'tis meet I should, as one forgiv'n;
of grace abounding – grace, the spring
of hope on earth, and joy in heav'n.
8. And when I reach yon glorious place,
where sinners saved shall sin no more;
I hope to sing triumphant grace,
and taste of joy unknown before.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 662.